“Community Tapestry” invites artists to help out with Monument Health’s new art project

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Tuesday night and we began at Monument Health and the opening of its newly renovated lobby. Now, it’s time to decorate with a little help from local artists.

Sculpture Dale Lamphere, South Dakota’s artist laureate has been commissioned to create an art installation inside Monument Health Rapid City Hospital’s new lobby. The “Community Tapestry” will be made up of metal diamonds arranged in a 16-foot-wide by 32-foot-tall space and the piece will showcase the work of other artists from the Black Hills and Western South Dakota.

The theme of the piece is “What healing means to me” and no two pieces of art will look the same. Local artists will have a chance to fill in 20 of the squares that will go into the tapestry, artists will even be compensated if their art is chosen.

“We’re going to compensate people for the initial idea they send in and then if they are one of the 20 selected, it’s $2,000 dollars stipend for the creation of that work.” Said lead artist on this project, Dale Lamphere.

Monument Health already has art work from South Dakota photographers throughout the hospital, but this project is focusing on artists with other forms of creativity.

Elle Larsen, Chair of Monument Health Art Committee said “We know from evidence based design that having images in the spaces that look familiar and like home, that patients and visitors recognize brings a comforting feeling to them. So it’s really been a focus and we’ve done it using local artists and local imagery of the Black Hills and Western South Dakota. But we’ve also has this desire to branch out and use artists that create other mediums.”

Artists can sign up for a chance to have their art displayed and the selected creations will be either woven into the “Community Tapestry” or included in a featured space.

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